Difficult instances exterior the pool for a swim from Australia's third feminine CEO Eugenie Buckley

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Challenging times outside the pool for a swim from Australia's third female CEO Eugenie Buckley

The calm and measured approach to the challenges of swimming in Australia was the key factor in Eugenie BuckleyAppointed today as Swimming Australia's third female CEO.

Buckley is currently on an interim role and has led the organization for the past two months, having taken the reins full-time as the third CEO of the governing body for the past 12 months and effective immediately.

Her interim role followed the shock resignation of Alex Baumann, for health reasons, after only four months on the hot seat and after Australia's most successful Olympics of all time in Tokyo.

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FULL PRAISE: President Kieren Perkins gives Eugenie Buckley the tick of approval. Courtesy Photo: Swimming in Australia.

Buckley has a long career in the sport and has worked on some of the biggest events in the world including the 2003 IRB Rugby World Cup and the 2009 ICC Women & # 39; s World Cup, as well as organizations like the FFA (now Football Australia), the ICC, Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar.

She joins in Vena Murray, the first female director of Swimming, who led the sport through a challenging but very successful tenure between 1994 and 2001 and the more recent tenure Leigh Russell (2018-2020) as third woman to lead Australia's most successful Olympic sport.

In a statement released by Swimming Australia (SA), it was noted that Buckley's strategic vision and action-oriented approach impressed the board, while the nomination committee that conducted the interview process showed her extensive knowledge of the (overall) sports landscape and People First philosophy noted in her interviews that she was the top candidate.

Swimming Australia President Kieren Perkins was full of praise for Buckley after her first few months in charge, knowing she had been thrown into the deep end of a sport on the cusp of another golden era, but before challenging times with ongoing problems outside the pool stands.

"Her experience speaks for itself, and we have seen her approach the challenges of swimming with her calm and measured approach," said Perkins.

"With our strategic plan nearing completion, we felt Eugenie was the right person to lead us through this phase of transformation and continue to grow our sport into an industry leader."

“It was clear very early on that Eugenie was someone with the incredible ability to develop and implement a strategy for Australian swimming.

“Her passion for the sport and not just for the administration and the athletes but also for the wider community of affiliates, advocates and fans has been contagious.

“She is a modern day leader with a people-oriented attitude and the business acumen to ensure that in three years swimming is on the right track towards Paris (the Olympics), but also towards (the) Brisbane (Games) from 2032. "

Buckley said it was the challenge of taking the sport to the next level that forced her to reconsider the tentative status of her role and apply for the full-time position.

"I believe swimming is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities we have in this next period," said Buckley.

“We have just finished an incredible Olympic and Paralympic campaign in Tokyo, with our Olympic program performing the best ever, so we are well positioned to succeed in the pool.

“With Brisbane 2032 on the horizon, the chance to lead the sport through this next phase of growth is exciting.

“Our strategy is focused on how we can develop our business, both nationally and with our affiliates and stakeholders, to ensure that swimming is the number one Olympic sport in Australia.

"There are many passionate people in the swimming community and I look forward to tackling the challenges and tackling the future together."

Buckley's first priority will be to finalize and anchor the strategy for Swimming Australia in light of the shortened cycle leading up to the Paris Games in 2024.

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